654. Lessons Learned from the Fungal infections introduced from the environment:epidural steroid injections or natural disasters
Session: Symposium: Lessons Learned from Fungal Infections Introduced from the Environment: Epidural Steroid Injections or Natural Disasters
Friday, October 4, 2013: 11:50 AM
Room: The Moscone Center: 104 (Gateway Ballroom)
John Perfect, MD, FIDSA, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

John Perfect, MD Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Director, Duke University Mycology Research Unit (DUMRU) Biography: John Perfect received his BA from Wittenberg University in 1971. He attended the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo from 1971-1974 and received his medical degree in 1974. He received the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award from this institution. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan and moved to Duke University in 1977 to complete an Infectious Disease Fellowship and study under the mentorship of Dr. David Durack. In his fellowship, he studied various aspects of treatment and pathogenesis for bacterial and fungal meningitis and endocarditis. He started on the faculty at Duke University Medical Center in 1980 and focused on animal models, pathogenesis and treatment of fungal infections. In 1987, his research focus began on the molecular pathogenesis of Cryptococcus neoformans. In the last decade, he has directly trained or mentored 24 students, post docs and fellows. In 1997, he was promoted to Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and received the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year in 1999. He was elected a member of the Association of American Physicians (AAP) in 2001, and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) in 2004 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2007. Dr. Perfect is currently the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center and is also the Director of the Duke University Mycology Research Unit.

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